The end of June saw Barbara returning to Madeira to exchange on the purchase of the property at Ribeira da Vaca. I travelled on my own and was met at the airport by Martinho. It was during this trip that we truly realised how lucky we were in our selection to work with Martinho (Madeira Property Centre). He collected me at the airport, had found me accommodation in Paul do Mar, ran me around to all the appointments he had organised for me:
- residence papers for both of us
- tax registration for myself
- opened a local bank account
- exchanged contracts to purchase the property, with contracts in both Portuguese and English.
We are on our way to owing the property we have dreamed of owning for the last 5 years! I flew to Madeira for a long week-end, and it was a week-end of highs and lows – being on my own made the experience un-nerving; but moving through the process with the help and support of Martinho made all the difference.
Over the same time I was able to re-visit the property to confirm that the decision we had taken in our first trip there was the decision we wanted to take. Another beautiful day found me wandering around the property and the buildings, finding bits and pieces that we had not seen before. The most important part of this trip was to really confirm that this was the property we wanted to buy before I signed the contracts (in both English and Portuguese) and paid the deposit. We had a long conversation before the appointment with the couple selling, the solicitor, and myself. Martinho was a fabulous support, explaining each moment of the process as it occurred. I found this a huge benefit.
What a simple way to work through a process made more complicated by the fact that I still didn’t speak the local language.
I flew back to the UK, arriving at London Gatwick at midnight, on a high!
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